The Cleveland Indians left everything on the field in the 2016 World Series!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 3:49 am

The Cleveland Indians gave it everything they had in the 2016 World Series, but they fell 1 run short (actually 2 runs, as one would have only tied Game #7).  The Indians and Cubs scored 27 runs each and the Cubs won Game #7 by 1 run…….you can’t get more evenly matched than that!

Switch-hitting outfielder Coco Crisp always seemed to come through in this series for the Cleveland Indians.  He played in 6 games in the 2016 World Series in which he was 4 for 12 (.333 avg, .885 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Switch-hitting 3B Jose Ramirez was also on his game in this series, as he played in all 7 games for the Tribe in which he was 9 for 29 (.310 avg, .782 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI.  Righty swinging outfielder Brandon Guyer played in all 7 games for the Tribe in this series and he was 3 for 10 (.300 avg, .963 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBI.  Switch-hitting SS Francisco Lindor showed off his glove and bat in this series.  He played in 7 games for the Indians in this series and he was 8 for 27 (.296 avg, .700 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBI and 1 stolen base.  His double play partner, lefty swinging 2B Jason Kipnis showed off a lot of power in this series!  He played in all 7 games of this series and he was 9 for 31 (.290 avg, .893 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBI.  Righty swinging veteran outfielder Rajai Davis tried to will the Indians to win this series a couple of times, including Game #7 when he hit a game tying homer off Aroldis Chapman in the 8th inning.  Then he got a run scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning to pull the Tribe within 1 run.  Davis played in all 7 games in this series for the Indians and he was 5 for 22 (.227 avg, .701 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  Righty swinging catcher Roberto Perez made his hits count in this series.  He played in all 7 games for the Tribe in this series and he was 4 for 20 (.200 avg, .833 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBI.

Not all of the guys on the Tribe helped the team at the plate!  Switch-hitting 1B/DH Carlos Santana played in all 7 games in this series and he was 5 for 23 (.217 avg, .771 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBI.  Righty swinging 1B Mike Napoli couldn’t buy a hit for the Tribe.  He played in all 7 games in this series and he was 4 for 24 (.167 avg, .397 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Naquin had a lot of defensive issues in this series, which really hurt the Tribe in the end.  Naquin played in 5 games in this series and he was 1 for 7 (.143 avg, .393 OPS).  Lefty swinging RB Lonnie Chisenhall had a rough time with the bat and in the field in this series.  He played in 6 games in this series and he was 2 for 16 (.125 avg, .336 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  The Indians were a combined 55 of 232 (.237 avg, .691 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 23 RBI and 4 stolen bases in this series!  They also walked 24 times while whiffing a pretty awful 69 times as a team!

When Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar went down in September, the Indians knew that they were going to have to keep their fingers crossed rotation wise in the playoffs.  Manager Terry Francona got the best that he could out of his starting pitchers, but only Corey Kluber pitched well in the World Series and he ran out of gas in Game #7.  Kluber started 3 games in the World Series and he was 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Kluber gave up 15 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 15 batters in his 16 innings in this series.  Trevor Bauer hurt his finger in the A.L.D.S. and it effected him in that series and the World Series.  Bauer pitched in 3 games (2 starts) in this series and he was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.  Righty Josh Tomlin pitched well in his first game in this series, but he was awful in Game #6, as Cubs’ hitters appeared to be running up to the plate against him.  Tomlin started 2 games against the Cubs in this series and he was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

The Indians got good work out of the bullpen until Game #7, when Andrew Miller and Bryan Shaw had rough nights!  Closer Cody Allen was the guy that was downright dominating for the Tribe in this series!  He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in the World Series and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.  Allen only gave up 3 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 12 batters in only 6 innings in this series.  Andrew Miller also pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Indians in this series and he was 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Righty Bryan Shaw was the late reliever for the Indians that got banged around the most, as he lost the deciding Game #7!  He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in this series in which he was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.  Righty Dan Otero was solid, working in 3 games in which he was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP.  Righty Danny Salazar was allowed to pitch out of the pen in this series and he was dominant!  He worked in 2 games in this series in which he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He only gave up 1 hit and 2 walks while whiffing 4 batters in only 3 innings!  The Indians’ pitchers combined to go 3-4 with 1 save, a 3.71 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in this series!

 

Game #7: Chicago Cubs 8, Cleveland Indians 7 in 10 innings

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 3 November 2016 at 5:54 am

After a short rain delay heading into the 10th inning, Bryan Shaw gave up an RBI double to Ben Zobrist and a RBI single to backup catcher Miguel Montero to give the Cubs an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the 10th inning.  Brandon Guyer then got a two out double followed by a Rajai Davis single that drove him in.  But, Michael Martinez grounded out to Kris Bryant to end this game and the World Series in devastating fashion!

Rajai Davis was the offensive hero of the game for the Tribe tonight as he hit a 2-run homer off of Cubs’ closer Aroldis Chapman to tie this game at 6 apiece.  He then knocked in a run with a single in the 10th inning, but the Indians fell a run short.  Davis was 2 for 5 with a run scored, a homer and 3 RBI!  Jose Ramirez (2 for 5 with a run scored), Brandon Guyer (2 for 2 with 2 runs scored, a walk, a double and a RBI) and Coco Crisp (2 for 4 with a run scored and a double) also were solid with the bats in this game.  Carlos Santana (1 for 4 with a runs scored, a walk and a RBI), Jason Kipnis (1 for 5 with a run scored) and Lonnie Chisenhall (1 for 2) also pitched in with the bats.  The Indians were a combined 11 of 40 (.275 avg) with 3 walks and 9 whiffs.

The Indians thought they were set up well pitching wise in this game, but it just didn’t work out.  Corey Kluber had a rough game as he worked 4 innings in which he gave up 6 hits and 4 runs (all earned).  It was the first start of his Major League career in which he didn’t record at least one strikeout.  Andrew Miller was next up and he was human in this game.  He worked 2 1/3 innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, 2 runs (both earned) and he whiffed 1 batter.  Closer Cody Allen was next up and he was brilliant!  He worked 2 innings in which he didn’t give up any hits or runs while walking 1 batter and whiffing 2 of them.  Bryan Shaw was a disaster in this game, as he worked 1 inning in which he gave up 3 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs (both earned) while whiffing 1 batter.  He was the losing pitcher in this game.  Trevor Bauer was next up and he dominated in his 2/3 of an inning, whiffing a batter and giving up no runs.  The Indians lost an epic 2016 World Series in seven games to the Cubs.

Game #6: Chicago Cubs 9, Cleveland Indians 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 7:38 pm

The Cleveland Indians had a rough night last night and it started right away when Kris Bryant hit a solo homer in the top of the first and then Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall let an easy fly ball land between them with 2 outs in the inning, which allowed 2 more runs to score.  The Indians couldn’t recover after the first inning.  Josh Tomlin worked the first 2 1/3 innings in which he gave up 6 hits, 1 walk and 6 runs (all earned) without whiffing anyone.  He was the losing pitcher for the Tribe in this game.  Dan Otero was next up and he worked 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit and 1 run (it was earned).  Danny Salazar was next up and he was electric in working 2 shutout innings in which he gave up 1 hit and whiffed 4 batters.  Jeff Manship was up next and he worked 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 1 hit and 1 walk, but no runs.  Zach McAllister worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings in which he gave up 2 hits and 0 walks.  Mike Clevinger worked the final 2 innings for the Tribe in this game and he gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs (both earned) while whiffing 1 batter.

Jason Kipnis came to play last night for the Tribe, as he was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored, a double, a homer and 1 RBI.  Mike Napoli (1 for 4 with 1 RBI), Jose Ramirez (1 for 4) and Roberto Perez (1 for 3 with 1 RBI) also pitched in for the Indians with the bats last night.  The Indians were only a combined 6 for 31 (.194 avg) with 6 walks and 10 whiffs.  The Indians and Cubs are now tied at 3 games apiece in the 2016 World Series with a deciding Game #7 tonight in Cleveland.  The Indians will be going to Corey Kluber tonight with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen well rested behind him!

Game #5: Chicago Cubs 3, Cleveland Indians 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 31 October 2016 at 1:43 pm

The Cleveland Indians gave it a good effort last night, but they couldn’t recover from a rough 4th inning, in which Trevor Bauer gave up 3 runs.  Bauer worked the first 4 innings last night and he gave up 6 hits, 0 walks and 3 runs (all earned) while whiffing 7 batters.  He was the losing pitcher for the Tribe.  Mike Clevinger was next up and he threw a shutout inning despite walking 2 batters.  Bryan Shaw was next up and he was lights out as he worked 1 1/3 innings giving up no base runners while whiffing 3 batters.  Cody Allen finished up this game by working 1 2/3 scoreless innings in which he gave up 1 hit and 1 walk while whiffing 4 batters.  The bullpen gave the Tribe a chance to come back in this game and they almost did.

Rajai Davis (2 for 4 with 1 run scored and 3 stolen bases) and Jose Ramirez (1 for 4 with a solo homer off of Jon Lester) led the way for the Tribe with the bats in this game.  Francisco Lindor (1 for 4 with a RBI), Mike Napoli (1 for 4) and Carlos Santana (1 for 4) also pitched in with the bats for the Tribe.  The Indians finished up going only 6 for 32 (.188 avg) with 0 walks and 9 whiffs in this game!  The Indians are still up 3-2 in the 2016 World Series as it shifts to Cleveland for Game #6 and possibly a Game #7!

Game #4: Cleveland Indians 7, Chicago Cubs 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Sunday 30 October 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Cleveland Indians laid a beat down on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last night!  The Cubs scored in the bottom of the first inning and then Corey Kluber locked them down!  He worked the first 6 innings last night in which he gave up 5 hits, 1 run (it was earned) and 1 walk while whiffing 6 batters.  He was the winning pitcher for the Tribe!  Andrew Miller was next up and he worked 2 innings in which he allowed 1 hit (a Dexter Fowler homer) and 1 run (it was earned) and he whiffed 2 batters while walking none.  Dan Otero worked a scoreless ninth inning in which he allowed 1 hit.  The Indians pitching dominated the Cubs’ hitters for the third time in this series!

Carlos Santana (3 for 4 with a solo homer) and Jason Kipnis (3 for 5 with 2 runs scored, a double, a homer and 3 RBI) led the way for the Indians offensively last night in Chicago!  Francisco Lindor (2 for 4 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI), Corey Kluber (1 for 2) and Coco Crisp (1 for 1 with a double and a run scored) also pitched in for the Tribe with the bats last night.  The Indians went a combined 10 of 36 (.278 avg) with 3 walks and 10 whiffs.  The Indians are now up 3-1 over the Cubs in the 2016 World Series and they can clinch the championship by winning tonight in Wrigley Field!

 

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